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CEUS then & now

September 15, 2016 3 Comments
CEUS then & now

I’m here in Toronto at the CEUS conference with a couple dozen POCUS educators from around the country. They come from all parts of the country, from academic centres, from large and small community hospitals, and from some of Canada’s more remote regions. We are debating all aspects of the certification process, both in the […]

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POCUS History

September 1, 2016 0 Comments
POCUS History

An emergency physician who I know that works somewhere on the planet in an underserviced area, as most places seem to be, was cleaning up his office this summer. He came across this relic of POCUS history that dates back to the late 1990s. It was a dictation that he had saved as evidence of […]

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2016 updated version of Essentials of Point-of-Care Ultrasound e-book on iBooks NOW LIVE!

May 9, 2016 3 Comments
2016 updated version of Essentials of Point-of-Care Ultrasound e-book on iBooks NOW LIVE!

The 2016 updated version of the Essentials of Point-of-Care Ultrasound e-book on iBooks has now gone live. It includes updates to all chapters. The most significant updates are to the Renal, IVC, and Thoracic chapters. The Renal chapter provides a more incisive way to determine the grade of hydronephrosis. The IVC chapter contains the latest […]

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EDE 2 adds Paul O’s edus2 simulator

May 9, 2016 0 Comments
EDE 2 adds Paul O’s edus2 simulator

The focus of EDE 2 (like EDE 1) has always been on image generation and interpretation. We have always mentioned the indications for doing the scan and present at least one clinical scenario for each type of scan, but the cognitive aspect of helping participants remember to do the scan has been relatively neglected. Although […]

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Have you ever wondered about using POCUS for C-Spine fractures?

January 18, 2016 0 Comments
Have you ever wondered about using POCUS for C-Spine fractures?

Yes, that’s right. POCUS for unstable C-spine fractures…in children! Tom J found this article and presented it at the EDE 3 Journal Club. Talk about cutting edge! For sure, this one may or may not make it to prime time in the future. But hey, that’s what EDE 3 is about! Exploring new uses for […]

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Peripheral IV placement with POCUS

January 14, 2016 0 Comments
Peripheral IV placement with POCUS

It seems counter-intuitive, but peripheral IV placement with POCUS is the toughest procedure that we teach at EDE 2. Why? Because the target is so small compared to all of the other targets at which we are aiming our needle with the other procedures.This article by McCarthy et al. enrolled an impressive number of patients! […]

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POCUS for Hip Fractures

January 11, 2016 0 Comments
POCUS for Hip Fractures

Tom presented this article at the EDE 3 Journal club on the topic of POCUS-guided nerve block for hip fractures. The article is courtesy of Brandon Ritcey, Michael Woo, and their team in Ottawa. Here is the link for the full article. Perfect timing for this article given that it is hip fracture season! Here’s […]

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EDE 3: TAPSE for Pulmonary Embolus with Dr. Tom Jelic

January 7, 2016 0 Comments
EDE 3: TAPSE for Pulmonary Embolus with Dr. Tom Jelic

This was the subject of a post this summer. Andrea Unger introduced us to TAPSE at EDE 3 Sun Peaks last year. Definitely seems to have some utility in that possible PE case when you’re just not sure about RV free wall contractility. See the video for Tom’s review of the article by Lobo et […]

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Thrombus in Transit Captured with POCUS

December 23, 2015 0 Comments
Thrombus in Transit Captured with POCUS

Dr. Pete Steinmetz is one of the POCUS leaders at McGill University in Montreal. He runs the POCUS program for the med students. Pete and I go way back. We were in the same med school class at McGill…Class of…never the mind the year…it’s not important 😉 Pete sent us this great case! Take it […]

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Can POCUS replace CT in Blunt Trauma?

December 19, 2015 0 Comments
Can POCUS replace CT in Blunt Trauma?

There was a ton of research in the 1990s comparing POCUS or the FAST scan to CT. The practical conclusion of that research is what Ray Wiss and The EDE Course team members teach. If your Abdominal EDE is negative for free fluid, but you are concerned that your patient might have an intra-abdominal injury, […]

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